As my Mac experience grows over the years I’ve come to notice a trend. I keep multiple apps that do the same thing.
Take Safari. Please.
It’s fast, elegant, unobtrusive, and crash happy. If I could have a conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, I’d ask him about giving me a dividend for the few shares of Apple stock I own.
And I’d ask him to fix Safari. It’s broken.
No, I don’t care to know when the iPhone 5 will be launched and what new features it’ll have. I’m still under contract to Verizon.
No, I don’t care to know when the iPad 3 will be launched and what new features it’ll have. Actually, I’m interested, but not pining for it.
No, I don’t care to know when Apple will release their own television. I have a big screen now, a cable TV connection, 500 channels, and still, there’s nothing on. I don’t think Apple can fix that.
What I want from Tim Cook is a promise to fix Safari. It crashes. If it doesn’t crash it hangs. Before the hanging and crashing comes a beach ball slowdown.
And I can’t blame it on Flash because I refuse to install Adobe’s Flash plugin. Safari is bad enough without it.
Crashes? Yes. Safari slows down on certain web sites, usually when I have four or five or more open tabs, then hangs for a moment or two, then it goes ka bonk. All the open tabs revert to a blank page and each tab has to be reloaded manually.
Flash isn’t the culprit. And I’m not running any Safari extensions. It takes only a few minutes on Google to find many thousands of other Mac users who have various problems with Safari crashes.
I empties me caches. I deletes me cookies. After visiting a half dozen or so web sites, Safari begins to twitch nervously, as if just before a seizure.
So, Tim, if you’re reading this, please fix your current products before launching new ones. While you’re at it, could you work on the battery problem in the iPhone 4S? Maybe you haven’t heard, but a few million of us can only get a single day of battery life while barely using the phone at all.
I’ll be more interested in a new phone or a new iPad or OS X Mountain Lion once you fix some of what’s not working all that great right now. I use Safari because… well, I’d have to think about it awhile. I use Google Chrome because it runs Flash better than Safari. And I use Firefox because all those extensions are very cool.
Please fix Safari for me and I won’t bug you until later this year.